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Friday 21st
posted by Morning Star in Sport

ANDY MURRAY’S serving woes continued yesterday as he crashed out of the Monte Carlo Masters following a 2-6 6-2 7-5 defeat to Albert Ramos-Vinolas.

The world No 1 started his second-round match against Gilles Muller on Wednesday with three double faults in the first four points of the match and it did not get much better in his match-up against the clay specialist.

Murray was broken seven times during a see-saw encounter with the Spaniard and was leading 4-0 in the final set before he suffered a spectacular collapse.

Ramos-Vinolas rallied back to take the next four games to level the decider and despite the Scot taking the ninth to go 5-4 up, the 15th seed closed out the match with three successive games to seal an unlikely victory.

Murray needed seven minutes to hold on to the opener before he was broken on his next two service games in the first set, as the elbow injury that saw him miss over a month of action looked to be having an impact.

Luckily for the Scot, he dictated the 15th seed’s serve throughout the opening set with three breaks of his own to take it 6-2, with neither player showing signs of fluency.

But in the second set RamosVinolas kick-started his revival, becoming more dominant at the baseline but not walking over Murray.

Losing the second set seemed to ignite the Scot as he reeled off the opening four games of the decider, including two more breaks of the RamosVinalos serve, and he looked to be heading towards victory.

But the Spaniard stopped the rot at 4-1, taking the next six games with only a troubling patch in the ninth.

Ramos-Vinolas faces fifthseed Marin Cilic in the quarter-finals.